SOURCE: Varnish Software

Varnish Software

February 03, 2016 09:00 ET

Varnish Software Announces 'Hitch' Scalable TLS Terminating Proxy

Small, Fast and Easy to Configure, Hitch Streamlines Varnish Cache Deployments

OSLO, NORWAY and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN and PARIS, FRANCE and NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Feb 3, 2016) - Varnish Software, the company behind the HTTP engine Varnish Cache, today announced that latest edition of Hitch, a scalable, open source network proxy designed to efficiently handle tens of thousands of connections on multicore machines. Hitch is easy to configure, has a low memory footprint, and is the ideal way of terminating client-side SSL/TLS for Varnish. The process is streamlined by the support for the PROXY protocol, which lets Varnish consider the original client's endpoints as if there was no TLS proxy in between.

Hitch is forked from the "stud" project by Bump with patches from WhatsApp and lives on github as a standalone open source project. Varnish Software will review patches/pull requests made by the community. Licensed under 2-clause BSD license, Hitch is tested on Linux, but also works on other *nixes" as well. Hitch features include:

  • Support for TLS1.0, TLS1.1 and TLS1.2;
  • SNI, with and without wildcard certificates;
  • Support for HAProxy's PROXY protocol;
  • Seamless configuration run-time reload support;
  • Safe for large installations: performant up to 15 000 listening sockets and 500 000 certificates.

"Hitch simplifies the deployment of Varnish Cache by enabling TLS on the front end without having to deploy a third-party solution," said Per Buer, founder and CTO, Varnish Software. "Varnish Software continues to be actively involved in the Varnish Cache community with contributions such as Hitch."

Varnish Software will provide support for Hitch on commercial uses under the current Varnish Plus product package. For those who require TLS/SSL for both to the client and to the backend, Varnish Cache Plus 4 offers both client side and backend support for TLS/SSL.

Availability

You can download Varnish Hitch here.

Further details on Varnish Hitch here.

About Varnish Software
Varnish Software delivers the world's most widely used HTTP accelerator based on open source. Originally developed in 2006, Varnish has since spread to more than 2.2 million websites worldwide. It is currently used by some of the world's most influential websites such as The New York Times, gov.uk, Pinterest, The White House, Vimeo and many more. Varnish Software's business model is to provide an enhanced and supported version of Varnish with enterprise features developed for the 10% most advanced users.

Varnish Software has offices in London, New York, Los Angeles, Stockholm, Oslo and Paris. For more information, please visit: http://www.varnish-software.com/

Contact Information

  • For further information please contact:
    Per Buer
    founder & CTO of Varnish Software
    email: Email Contact
    cell: +47 958 39 117